1st Edition

Evolutionary Urban Development Lessons from Central and Eastern Europe

By Katarzyna Sadowy Copyright 2023
    203 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Drawing on a range of disciplinary approaches, this text explores the drivers of urban development.

    Through an evolutionary lens, cities are shown to find a development path amidst an ever-changing landscape, sometimes facing extreme externalities such as wars and economic crises. Key themes covered include urban growth, decentralisation, path dependence, institutional change, governance, entrepreneurship and culture. Detailed case studies of the history-rich metropolises of Berlin, Budapest and Warsaw allow the author to examine the adaptive abilities of cities in flux and draw conclusions with broader international relevance.

    This text will be valuable reading for advanced students and researchers in urban economics, evolutionary economics, institutional economics and Central European studies.

    1. What is a City? 2. Strength in Numbers: How to Measure Urban growth, Development and Success 3. Drivers of Urban Change and Adaptation 4. Players on the Urban Stage: Power, Influence and Decision-making 5. Cities More Lasting than Bronze: A New Chapter in the Urban History of Survival


    Katarzyna Sadowy is assistant professor in the Warsaw School of Economics, an active member of the Polish Architects Association (Warsaw Branch) and an advisor for the City of Warsaw.